According to deVolkskrant, China is implementing a rating system for each of its citizens that bases its score on various criteria, from financial credibility all the way to social media behaviour. The goal of the Orwellian-sounding system is to provided a basis in which to judge people that doesn't rely solely on the morality of individuals.
In his view this surveillance will have a wider scope than was the case under the former East German system: 'The German aim was limited to avoiding a revolt against the regime. The Chinese aim is far more ambitious: it is clearly an attempt to create a new citizen.'
The intentions of the new system are not only economical, fighting fraudulent practices, but also moral. 'This is a deliberate effort by the Chinese government to promote among its citizens "socialist core values" such as patriotism, respecting the elderly, working hard and avoiding extravagant consumption', says Creemers. A bad 'credit code' can result in being not eligible for certain jobs, housing or credit to start a company. 'On the labour market you might need a certain score to get a specific job.'
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